Bargerveen Nature Reserve

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Bargerveen Nature Reserve
Map showing the location of Bargerveen Nature Reserve
Location of Internationaler Naturpark Bourtanger Moor-Bargerveen.
Location Drenthe, Netherlands
Coordinates 52°40′37″N 7°01′48″E / 52.677°N 7.03°E / 52.677; 7.03Coordinates: 52°40′37″N 7°01′48″E / 52.677°N 7.03°E / 52.677; 7.03[1]
Area 6 km2 (2.3 sq mi)
Established 1992

Bargerveen Nature Reserve is a nature reserve in the Dutch province of Drenthe that has been included in the Natura 2000 ecological network.[2] Since 2006 it is part of the Internationaler Naturpark Bourtanger Moor-Bargerveen (engl. Bourtanger Moor-Bargerveen International Nature Park), a nature reserve located on both sides of the border between the Netherlands and Germany.[3] Most of the transboundary nature reserve, some 134 km2 (52 sq mi), lies in Germany, in the west of the state of Lower Saxony. The sparsely populated landscape consists of large peat areas, heather, and small lakes.

The Dutch part of the nature reserve was founded in 1992 as Natuurreservaat Bargerveen. Bargerveen has a size of 21 km2 (8.1 sq mi). It consists mainly of peat bog and is a Ramsar Site.[4]

Bog restoration[edit]

Before peat extraction was discontinued, some of the wetland area had become degraded. Restoration work to improve water retention has been undertaken by Staatsbosbeheer, the government agency that manages the site. The work was supported by the European Union's LIFE programme.[5] Bargerveen has been twinned with two Irish Ramsar Sites, Clara Bog and Raheenmore Bog, which were identified as needing active management measures.[6]

Flora and fauna[edit]

Bargerveen is a Special Protection Area for bird-life. It is also an Important Bird Area.[7]


  1. ^ "Bargerveen Nature Reserve". 
  2. ^ Site code NL2000002
  3. ^ Internationaler Naturpark Bourtanger Moor - Bargerveen (German)
  4. ^ The Annotated Ramsar List: The Netherlands
  5. ^ Bargerveen - From degraded to active raised bogs
  6. ^ A Directory of Wetlands of International Importance
  7. ^ BirdLife International (2011), Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bargerveen, Downloaded from on 12/11/2011

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